Huge crater opens on Rouge River bridge, two years before it will be fixed

- Downriver's major gateway to Detroit is losing massive chunks of concrete. The latest crater was discovered Monday morning and won't be the last until the section of I-75 is replaced.

The 6-foot-by-6-foot gaping hole was discovered Monday morning on the Rouge River bridge. This bridge has been problematic for years in Metro Detroit. The good news is the bridge is on the list of the state's permanent repairs. The bad news is, it will take months. Jeffery Taylor said there's not a way out but I-75 and this is a big problem.

"There's not any way out here but I 75 and it's a real big inconvenience," Taylor said. "They have some holes that you can actually look through the expressway down underneath. How do you trust that?"

Regular commuters, question not just the holes, but the entire structural integrity.

"When you're stopped on the bridge, you can actually feel the bridge bounce when other stuff goes past you," Mike Rafferty said.

This giant pothole was patched up by MDOT crews by the afternoon but two northbound lanes shut down for most of the day. Underneath the bridge, you can see wooden support beams placed where the concrete fell through. MDOT officials say, they're putting band aids in areas that need surgery.

"It is one of the neediest projects but that's why it's scheduled to be handled in 2017 and we can keep it together until then," MDOT spokesperson Diane Cross said engineers are keeping close watch on the bridge until it can be replaced in the spring of 2017.

Massive holes have popped up in the bridge at least four other times in the past two years. This most recent one is the second this month and MDOT expects, more could come.

"It is a safe bridge, it's safe to drive on. It just doesn't look so pretty," Cross said.

This hole is the last straw for Taylor. Who says he will now be taking an alternate route until the bridge is replaced.

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